The Trust is a grant making charity endowed by Sir Jules Thorn.
The resources provided by its endowment have enabled the Trust to give substantial support to a wide range of charitable causes in the United Kingdom. In keeping with the founder’s wishes the Trust’s most significant grants finance important medical research. Many related aspects of medicine are also supported including the upgrading of medical facilities and equipment, the care of the sick and the management of serious illness. In the broader humanitarian field, the grants are intended to make life easier for those who live with disabilities, who suffer disadvantage or who are in need of support in dealing with difficulties in their lives.
We have awarded over £60million in grants since our establishment in 1964 supporting numerous projects across the UK.
The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees and has a small staff team in its London office.
“The Trust has attained a special position in support of promising young medical researchers through its Award Scheme for Biomedical Research at a time in their career when the flow in new ideas is at its strongest. The energy of young clinical academics is often too dissipated in the efforts necessary to put together a programme of research from small project grants obtained from disparate sources. This problem particularly affects those interested in translational research, the crucial link between laboratory discovery and clinical investigation. By committing significant resources to our brightest young investigators in this field, the Trust will unquestionably further the discovery of new approaches towards preventions, diagnosis and treatment of a range of intractable disorders that still inflict serious morbidity and untimely death in the UK and elsewhere”.